The company Geeksphone, a company out of Spain previously known for providing stock android phones with unlocked bootloaders, has announced today that they will be producing the first Firefox OS developer devices.
The two phones, known as the Keon and the Peak, will be fairly low to midrange phones designed specifically for testing and developing Mozilla’s new mobile OS. Mozilla has previously stated that the primary purpose of the OS is for production and sale in emerging markets. The production phones will probably be low end as well. Firefox OS is supposedly based on HTML5 technology so the phone does not need much power to run the applications.
The Keon is the low end model of the developer devices. It will be a phone with a 3.5 inch HVGA (approximately 480 x 320 pixels) display and include a Snapdragon S1 1ghz processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. The camera is extremely low end at a mere 3 mpx with no flash. The device will also come with the standard assortment of features such as WiFi a/b/g/n, standard light and proximity sensors, GPS, and microSD expansion. All of this will be powered by a meager 1580 mAh battery.
The Peak has specifications more fitting of a mid range phone in the United States today. It will come equipped with a Snapdragon S4 1.2ghz dual core processor, 4.3 inch qHD (960 x 540 pixels) display, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage, and an 8mpx camera with flash. It includes the same sensors, expansion, and WiFi as the Keon, but includes a higher powered 1800 mAh battery.
Both phones share the same 2100/1900/900 3G HSPA band for cellular connectivity. While not much has been said on availability aside from being available for developing markets, the Japanese provider KDDI has stated that they are “Considering” picking up Firefox OS phones. Whether those are these Geeksphone models or something higher end remains to be seen.
Firefox OS is definitely an interesting concept and I am looking forward to hearing more about it. I am curious to see how it holds against more mature operating systems like Windows Phone 8, iOS, and Android as well as where it stands among the newer contenders such as Ubuntu Phone and Blackberry 10. These questions should be answered in the coming months as all of these platforms get more coverage.
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